UW-Madison School of Education - Alumni News

School of Education Alumni News

We like to both share what our alumni are up to and share information that may be of interest to our alumni. Please use our online form to send in your news for posting here, in our other alumni publications, and on our "For Alumni" website.

Tue
Dec
12
UW-Madison alumnus Rodney Lambright II was awarded a regional Emmy and was featured in a news report from the Daily Cardinal. Lambright earned his bachelor of science in art from the School of Education's Art Department, as well as communication arts. Lambright currently works as an animator and producer for Wisconsin Public Television. Lambright was awarded the regional Emmy for "Outstanding Crafts Achievement Off-Air." Lambright received the award for bringing "Big Mama" to life with his artwork and animations. "Big Mama" is an audio story from Wisconsin Public Radio's Cynthia Woodland as part of the Wisconsin Life Project.
Mon
Dec
11
UW-Madison alumnus Patrick Daugherty was commissioned by the Fayette County, Pennsylvania, Courthouse to recreate Charles Willson Peale's 1772 portrait of George Washington in uniform as colonel of the First Virginia Regiment. Daugherty earned his master of fine arts degree from the School of Education's Art Department and now he teaches art at Penn State Fayette. His work has been featured at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art and more.
Mon
Dec
04
UW-Madison alumna Suzanne Eckes was recently named the President of the Education Law Association (ELA). Eckes earned a Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2002, and is now a professor at Indiana University Bloomington. The ELA's mission is to help scholars and practitioners collaborate and inform educational policy to positively affect students, faculty and administrators. A press release from Indiana University states one of Eckes' long-term goals in the position is to bring knowledge of education law to the forefront of the ELA's work with groups that would benefit the most.
Fri
Dec
01
UW-Madison alumna Pat Greco was named the 2018 Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators. Greco earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership and administration from the School of Education in 1995, and serves as superintendent for the School District of Menomonee Falls. Under Greco's leadership, the School District of Menomonee Falls has won a Journal Sentinel Top Workplace award three years in a row. In addition, Menomonee Falls High School is a silver-rank school by U.S. News & World report and has 130 Advance Placement Scholars.
Thu
Nov
30
UW-Madison alumni Todd Anderson and Bruce Crownover have a collection of prints in a book titled "The Last Glacier" that is on display at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gallery 690 at The Met Fifth Avenue. Anderson, an art professor at Clemson University, received his bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 1997. Crownover received his master of fine arts degree from the Art Department in 1989 and today is a master printer with UW-Madison’s Tandem Press. In "The Last Glacier," Anderson and Crownover, along with Ian van Coller, worked on capturing the glaciers in Glacier National Park through prints and photography.
Fri
Nov
24
UW-Madison alumna Eva Nimmer is playing the role of Percy Talbott in the upcoming Four Seasons Theatre production of “The Spitfire Grill.” Percy is a feisty parolee who follows her dreams to a small town in rural Wisconsin, where she finds work at the Spitfire Grill and carves out a place in the struggling community. Nimmer received her BA in 2013 from the Department of Theatre and Drama, which today is housed in the School of Education. “The Spitfire Grill” is coming to the Overture Center’s Playhouse Dec. 1-10.
Tue
Nov
21
Jacqueline A. DeWalt, a long-time community and education advocate and former director of the UW-Madison Pre-college Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE), passed away on Monday, Nov. 20. In 2015, DeWalt was promoted to a new and expanded role as Director of External Relations, Partnerships and Development for the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement. DeWalt joined the School of Education’s Board of Visitors in 2016 and she retired with emeritus status in 2017.
Tue
Nov
21
UW-Madison alumnus Simon Goldberg recently co-authored an article published in the journal Clinical Psychology Review about mindfulness-based interventions for psychiatric disorders. Says Goldberg, who received his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology: "Rather than viewing mindfulness as an 'alternative' therapy, our study suggests mindfulness on average shows similar effects to other frontline treatments, things like cognitive-behavior therapy and antidepressant medications."
Wed
Nov
15
A recent article co-authored by UW-Madison alumnus Simon Goldberg is putting the spotlight on the need for more rigorous research into mindfulness-based interventions. The paper is titled, “Is mindfulness research methodology improving over time? A systematic review,” and it appeared in the open-access journal PLOS One. Goldberg, who received his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology in August, is the lead author on the report. He is currently completing his postdoctoral fellowship in Health Services Research & Development at the Seattle VA and the University of Washington.
Thu
Nov
09
UW-Madison graduates teaching high school science in Rhinelander, Wauwatosa and Monona Grove are members of the new class of Knowles Teaching Fellowships. Sean Moore, Sarah Timmler, and LJ Neumann were among 37 members of the 2017 class at the Knowles Teacher Initiative, whose purpose is “to increase the number of high-quality high school science and mathematics teachers with the ultimate goal of improving STEM education in the United States.”
Mon
Nov
06
Palmer Mathews and Hiroki Koba ​recently published a paper titled “How do Governments Support Contemporary Dance Companies?: A Case Study of Japan and the U.S.” in the Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship (JEDS). Mathews received a bachelor's degree from the School of Education's Dance Department in 2017, and is a contemporary dance performer, choreographer and researcher currently based in Taipei, Taiwan. Koba is a former visiting student graduate student, and is now a JSPS Research Fellow and Ph.D. candidate with the University of Tokyo, Japan.
Mon
Oct
23
Ted and Mary Kellner are adding to their legacy at UW-Madison, and they are doing so in a big way. The Milwaukee-area couple, whose generosity to their alma mater spans the campus, will make a $25 million commitment to the UW as part of the university's current $3.2 billion All Ways Forward comprehensive campaign. Mary Kellner is an alumna of the School of Education, having earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from UW-Madison in 1968.
Wed
Oct
18
The School of Education's Career Center and MERIT present a new collaborative podcast for students and alumni called "CareerCast," which explores different aspects of the job search. "CareerCast" is a series of podcast episodes that take listeners through the different phases of the job search -- from finding job leads and preparing an elevator pitch to evaluating offers and accepting a position.
Mon
Oct
09
Carla Austin was recently featured by Dallas Doing Good for her career serving children as an occupational therapist and her volunteer work at Chase's Place. Austin is a member of the UW-Madison School of Education’s Board of Visitors. She graduated from UW-Madison with a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy. UW-Madison's OT program is housed within the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology.
Thu
Oct
05
UW-Madison alumna Paula Bonner was recently featured in the September issue of Brava magazine for being the driving force behind creating Alumni Park before retiring from the university in October. Bonner has worked for the university for more than four decades, serving as both president of the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) and chief alumni officer for the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA). Bonner also received her master's degree from the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology in 1976.
Mon
Sep
25
UW-Madison alumna Chele Isaac's new show at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art was featured in a recent article from the Wisconsin State Journal. Isaac received her Master of Fine Arts from the School of Education’s Art Department in 2008. Isaac's show, titled "Chele Isaac: the understory," is a 20-minute looped multi-channel video installation and is "as much a performance as an exhibition." The artwork is positioned at the museum's State Street Gallery, and features seven simultaneous projections with the images in motion.
Wed
Sep
13
Recent UW-Madison graduate Katie Roling is the inaugural recipient of the Thomas R. Kratochwill School Psychology Dissertation Award to Advanced Evidence-Based Practice. Roling graduated from the School Psychology program, which is housed within the School of Education's Department of Educational Psychology. The award is given to School Psychology students whose dissertations look to improve outcomes for children and youth using evidence-based practices.
Mon
Sep
04
School of Education alumna Dee Willems was recently featured in the fall issue of On Wisconsin magazine, the UW-Madison alumni publication. Willems became the UW Marching Band’s first woman drum major in 1989. “I figured if it was going to happen eventually, it might as well be me,” says Willems. Willems earned her undergraduate degree in Spanish Education in 1990 and a master’s from the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1996. On Wisconsin reports that Willems today teaches middle-school Spanish in Wisconsin Rapids.
Fri
Sep
01
UW-Madison alumna Ebony Flowers has received a 2017 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award. Flowers earned both her master's degree (2012) and Ph.D. (2016) from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and is a prose writer and cartoonist. Her work focuses on the intersection of family, place and belonging. The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award is given annually to six women writers. The awards are $30,000 each, and are meant to aid women who "demonstrate excellence and promise" by offering financial support and encouragement.
Wed
Aug
30
UW-Madison alumna Susan Solie Patterson and her husband James Patterson, the award-winning and best-selling mystery and children's book author, appeared on NBC’s the “Today Show” Tuesday morning to talk about their new book for children, "Big Words for Little Geniuses." Susan Solie Patterson, an alumna of the School of Education's Art Department, said "Ever since I got my master of fine arts degree from Wisconsin, I’ve wanted to write a children’s book.”
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